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PICTURE: Ashley Young has to work his way back up from the bottom

by Sam Peoples

Ashley Young has disappeared off Manchester United’s radar since his performance against Manchester City in the derby but he has made a reappearance this week.

Earlier this week, he scored the a free-kick winner for Manchester United’s reserves this week in a 1-0 victory over Barnsley behind closed doors.

The 28-year-old was dropped by Roy Hodgson from the England squad following his poor run of form and right now, Young is in the midst of a terrible slump at United.

Instead of playing in World Cup qualifiers this week, Young took on an ambassadorial role at the MU Foundation Street Reds project in Salford yesterday. It is a fantastic venture that brings communities together through football but Young will be frustrated at not being part of the England squad, a place you’d expect a £16 million signing to be.

It is a sign of how badly Young has played that Hodgson dropped him from the squad and it is good to see that Moyes has made him play with the reserves as well, both to get his match sharpness up and make him realise he has to work his way back up to the senior side.

Young knows he faces an uphill struggle to get back into United’s first team. Nani, Valencia, Kagawa and now Januzaj are all ahead of him in the pecking order and Zaha is waiting patiently for his opportunity to shine.

Ferdinand warned Young that he would have to be thick skinned to survive on Twitter but that same logic applies now to his United career. He has been on the wrong end of some serious criticism from fans following his performances this season and if he has any chance of turning his United career around, he’ll have to prove it on the pitch sooner rather than later.

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